so me and my sister are cleaning my dads grave and putting new gravel or chippings on top. What was on it before was just plain gray gravel, I was wondering what chippings could you put on it. It is a cemented in grave is it okay to just put decorative chippings from a hardware store that was meant for your garden or should you get glass or marble chippings. I don't know where to buy that type. How much money do you think it would cost for glass or marble chippings for a double grave.
you should ask the people who run the cemetery. a lot of them have rules about what kind of décor and such you can put around graves. they should also be able to help you find gravel or marble that is acceptable to the cemetery.
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Hey 🙂 It *can* work, but there are things to consider. You will need a *minimum* of 4" of topsoil over that gravel to get grass to take and establish. The deeper the soil (I would use 8" myself) the better the grass will do and the less you will have to water it. But will the site take that much topsoil, or will you be left with what looks like a mass grave sitting in the middle of your yard? Might also be harder to keep the soil in place if it is mounded, as it would be, if the gravel drive is sort of level with everything else. That will also be a challenge, keeping it watered - that gravel is going to allow a lot of drainage and I think that area will always tend to be very dry. You might consider putting down a thick poly plastic with a bunch (I mean a LOT) of holes poked through on top of the gravel, but under the soil - this will help retain some of the moisture and may cut down on watering. You can lay seed, in the fall, but NOT NOW! Right now it is way too hot to even think about laying seed. Seed is sort of hit and miss and can end up looking patchy and scraggly - if you can, buy good quality sod - much easier to get to establish and less watering on the front end (seed usually takes daily watering and a lot of it) - plus you get instant satisfaction and don't have to wait for it to grow... Good Luck! PS - you might give synthetic turf a look - artificial lawn grasses have come a LONG way and many look no different than real grass, are soft to the hand and can simply be hosed off if the dogs or cats pee on it or you spill something... Home Depot has some nice selections.
Both answers ( prior to mine ) are good, and should be considered. If you decide to go ahead with marble, decorative white rock or other stone, here's a good estimate: Each grave site is 3 ft x 6 ft (a double is 6 x 6 or 36 square feet. ) The rock or chips is sold at nearly every store that sells garden goods, but usually in the spring and early summer. It is sold in bags of 1/2 to 1 cubic foot. You'll want to cover the grave site to a depth of at least 3 inches, and that will take approximately 15 bags. Depending on which decorative stone you choose, the cost should be around $5.00 a bag, 15 bags= $75. DO get approval from the cemetery caretaker/supervisor, he may even sell the stone in bulk. In that case you'll need 15 cubic feet ( half a yard ) Hope that helps you with planning.
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Depends on the honesty of others who frequent the cemetery. Where we live, if anything of value is placed on a grave site, it just as quickly disappears.
If the cemetery allows it, I'd decorate your dad's grave with colored pea gravel -